Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer told European business leaders that he would be happy to resume talks with the US government to settle the software giant's antitrust dispute.
Ballmer declared his feelings at the European Business Summit, which took place shortly after Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson ordered that Microsoft be split into two separate companies.
"We would love to settle this case," he told executives gathered in Belgium. "We were unable to in the last round of discussions."
In April Microsoft held last-minute talks with the US government in an attempt to resolve the dispute, but these were abandoned when the two parties failed to find any common ground.
Following Wednesday's ruling, Joel Klein, head of the US Department of Justice's antitrust division, said he was "prepared to engage in meaningful settlement negotiations" with Microsoft.
At the European event Ballmer took the opportunity to attack Judge Jackson's decision. "The judgment would severely restrict innovation, and increase the price for software and computers worldwide," he said.
"We believe there were errors of law; that the judge may not have understood our arguments, so we are planning an appeal."
The comments were made during the final days of Ballmer's week-long tour of Europe, where he visited the UK, the Netherlands, Norway and Belgium.
The European Business Summit brought together top European regulators and business leaders to discuss innovation and creativity.
Ballmer stressed that innovative companies need help from governments to set the right regulatory environment, protect intellectual property and address the European skills gap.
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